|Operator||Société Européenne des Satellites / SES Astra|
|Mission duration||12 years (planned)|
18 years (achieved)
|Spacecraft type||Boeing 601|
|Manufacturer||Hughes Space and Communications|
|Launch mass||2,790 kg (6,150 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||12 May 1993, 00:56:32 UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 42L (V56)|
|Launch site||Centre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2|
|Entered service||July 1993|
|End of mission|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit |
|Band||18 (+6) Ku-band|
Astra 1C was a geostationary communications satellites launched in 1993 by the Société Européenne des Satellites (SES), now SES Astra. The satellite remained in service until 2011 and is now derelict.
The satellite was intended to be replaced in 2002, along with Astra 1B, by Astra 1K but this satellite failed to reach its intended orbit. It was eventually relieved of its remaining television/radio payloads by Astra 1KR in 2006.
In November 2006, prior to the launch of Astra 1L to the 19.2° East position, Astra 1C was placed in an inclined orbit and moved first to 2.0° East for tests, and then in February 2007 to 4.6° East, notionally part of the Astra 5°E cluster of satellites but largely unused.
After November 2008, the satellite operated back at 2.0° East, in inclined orbit. On 2 November 2011, the satellite was taken out of use as Eutelsat, the rightholder for the 3° allocation, came on air with Eutelsat 3A and current rules ask for a minimum of 2° separation. In the summer of 2014, the satellite was moved to 73° West, close to SES' AMC-6 satellite, to 1.2° West, to 152° West, to 40° West next to SES-6, to 91° East in January 2015  and continuously moving west by approximately 5.2° per day to reach 164° East at the end of 2015.